In 1879, after Chief Joseph and his band were sent to live in Oklahoma, far from their ancestral land in the Northwest, he said, “Let me be a free man, free to travel, free to stop, free to work, free to trade where I choose, free to choose my own teachers, free to follow the religion of my fathers, free to talk, think and act for myself.”
The Supreme Court opened its new term this week, but hardly anyone noticed. Instead the attention is drawn to the one empty seat and the process to fill it. The descriptive terms in the media tells us all we need to know about the faulty process: chaos, contentious, meltdown, Armageddon, battle, wounds, nuclear option, battle lines. One justice’s retirement has opened up bitter divides and has led to all-out warfare in Washington.
In “Why Liberalism Failed,” Patrick Deneen makes an eye-opening contribution to the critique of liberalism. Equating liberalism with the modern tradition of freedom, he distills abuses of state power, nature, culture, technology, and education that are undertaken in freedom’s name yet leave citizens less self-sufficient, less disposed to cooperate, and less capable of looking beyond material goods and social status to the cultivation of character and to the claims of duty.
Elizabeth Cobbs, Ph.D., author of “The Hello Girls: America’s First Women Soldiers,” was the guest speaker Saturday, Sept. 15, at a luncheon hosted by the Robert Raines Chapter of the National Society-Daughters of the American Revolution.